What Is Respite?
Respite is a facility-based program offering temporary oversight for individuals with developmental disabilities who live at home with their caregivers. Respite staff is there to ensure and provide for the safety, well-being, and daily living needs of the individuals in respite care. The purpose of respite care is to provide temporary relief to the customary caregiver. Respite is not a babysitting service or a service where an individual is dropped off so that the primary caregiver can attend school, work, etc., but is meant for temporary relief to the customary caregiver. Respite through Cole County Special Services is for someone that receives their primary services and funding through the Department of Mental Health (DMH). Respite serves Cole County residents age 13 and older, who are approved.